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The annual 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise has resumed announcing bands for the 2014 installment, the latest of which is: Satyricon, The Haunted and Cripper. For The Haunted, it will be the first show with the new lineup (see introduction video here).
The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.
The trio joins the previously announced acts (Note: Kamelot cancelled its appearance due to schedule conflicts), with 24 more acts still to come:
Swallow the Sun
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise have checked in with the following announcement about confirming Carcass for the lineup:
"Only Your Dead And Lifeless Carcass Will Return! Please welcome Carcass with their new line-up with Jeff Walker on vocals and bass, Bill Steer on lead guitar, Daniel Wilding on drums and Ben Ash on guitar on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, the World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise!
"Just imagine: In January 2014, 40 Heavy Metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the World will go to the Caribbean to take over the luxury cruise ship Majesty of the Seas for 5 days and 4 nights.
"Book your cabin now at this location and be part of Heavy Metal History made in the Caribbean once again on 70,000 Tons of Metal!"
The first 14 out of 40 bands have been announced: More...
Public sales for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal 2014 will start Monday April 8th at 5PM EST. Are you ready for Round 4 of The World's Biggest Heavy Metal Cruise?
As this will be the last time the cruise will be sailing on the “Majesty of the Seas,” the organizers have a very special treat for all you sailors: everyone that becomes a ticketed and paid passenger before July 27th, 2013 will be able to vote where they are going to steer that old lady.
The first 7 out of 40 bands on board have already been announced:
The festival will sail Monday, January 27, 2014 on the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami, FL and will not return to the real world until Friday, January 31, 2014.
Ticket prices start at US $666 plus US $319 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24h room service! More info is available at this location.
New Jersey power/progressive band Symphony X just announced that drummer Jason Rullo was admitted to the hospital for heart failure. He was released has underwent a rehab program that will see him out of action for 3-6 months.
The official announcement reads: "World Management and Symphony X must unfortunately announce that last week, Jason Rullo was admitted to the hospital for heart failure. Jason spent a week in the hospital, and was released last week; he has started a rehab program, and has been told that his recovery will take a minimum of 3-6 months under doctors’ care. We are all hopeful that J will be back soon!"
Rullo commented “I would just like to say that I am happy to be home with my family after what was quite a week. We had a few scary days in there but I made it through what was hopefully the worst of it.
"Doctors say I have a very good chance for a full recovery so I plan to be back at 100% even if it takes awhile. I will go through cardiac rehab so I can be monitored while returning to form, so that I’ll know when it’s safe for me to return to drumming the way I always have, if not better.
Thanks to my friends and family for the support, and to the fans, I love you all! - JR"
Helstar has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live activity and recruiting Mike LePond as a fill-in bassist:
"It's been a few months since we've issued an update and there are several news items we'd like to share with you HEL-Raisers on what to expect in 2013!
"As many of you know, early in the new year we will set sail from Miami onboard the largest floating heavy metal festival '70,000 Tons of Metal'. We are proud to have been invited and look forward to this awesome opportunity, but why stop there? Since we'll be in the area, we decided to schedule several onshore gigs in Florida as well! Our first stop is the city once described as the 'damnedest town this side of Hell' a.k.a. Tampa, at the legendary Brass Mug on Saturday, January 26th, followed by the Metal Cruise Pre-Party (also featuring FLOTSAM & JETSAM) at Miami's Grand Central on Sunday, January 27th. After we return from the high seas of metal, we're heading southeast of Orlando to the city of Melbourne, where we'll wrap up on Saturday, February 2nd at The County Line Saloon.
"On a more somber note, after several years of enduring a stomach-related illness, our bassist, Jerry Abarca, continues to fight an unrelenting battle to regain his health and will take an extended break from the band for the foreseeable future. We had all hoped that he would have fully recovered by now, but the reality is that he is still very ill. This was made painfully obvious to us on our recent tour of Europe when he had to be hospitalized again and missed the biggest show of the entire run. More...
Symphony X has announced three more Latin American shows for 2013. Dates are available below, and Nuclear Blast comments:
"The band is looking forward to play for their amazing Latin American fans once again in 2013. These shows will mark the first shows for the most recent album release 'Iconoclast.'"
11th April 2013: Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Colegiales - Vorterix
12th April 2013: Sao Paulo, Brazil - Carioca Club
14th April 2013: Santiago, Chile - Metal Fest Chile. Movistar Arena
Footage of the band performing live can also be viewed below. More...
If there was ever an event for a first time festival goer, it would be ProgPower USA. Unfortunately, fans here are spoiled by the incredible privileges, some of which could never be properly duplicated by any of the huge European festivals. In Atlanta, you won’t find camping sites, 80,000 people and huge immense lines for signing sessions. What you will find is a community of about 1200 well-educated and well versed fans that throw an amazing party and represent some of the nicest people from all over the U.S. and the world. However, it is a party which also includes the many members of the best bands you can find in the world (not just those who are playing) all within an incredibly intimate setting of a venue that is as unmatched in sound quality as it is fan friendly. For its first 12 years, ProgPower USA seemed out of my reach for reasons I cannot fully explain or comprehend (stupidity comes to mind). However, lucky #13 consisted of a lineup which I personally felt was the strongest in its history (though called “weak” by progressive fan standards), and was perfect for my very first taste of the ProgPower USA experience. As soon as this lineup was announced last year, I drew up the battle plan to attend. The ability to see Serenity, Mystic Prophecy, Pretty Maids and so many others make their debut U.S. performances was something of a dream for this aging fan boi. Topping it off was a headline performance my current favorite Epica, so finding a way to get there became mandatory. What transpired exceeded all my hopes and expectations, a dream I wish I never woke from. (For complete reviews, check out Metal Underground.com's road reports on Day One, Day Two and the pre-show with Nightwish & Kamelot by colleague Progressivity_In_All.) More...
The morning of September 15th was a bit hazy for most attendees, as the Artmore post-show celebrations had famously ensued when Epica finished up Day One's show at 2:30 in the AM. Really, where else were you going to go after getting 12 straight hours of show time, knowing that the bands you just saw on stage would be mingling with you in the courtyard? It just didn't make sense to go home. Nightwish and Kamelot were off on their tour after playing the pre-ProgPower show on Thursday.
One of the other fun things about ProgPower is that it brings out members of other bands who aren't playing, but just want to see a great show. In the courtyard later in the day, I would run into Pyramaze vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Tad Morose) as well as Oklahoma-based progressive metal band Vangough. I met the members of Vangough at a Mexican restaurant a block up from the venue for lunch and an interview about their most recent album, "Kingdom of Ruin," and their future. Festivities for Day Two kicked off at 2:30 in the afternoon. Brace yourselves, because this is going to be a long write-up. More...
Primal Fear/Sinner bassist Mat Sinner announced that he has entered the studio with Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob singer Russell Allen on a new, yet untitled, musical project for Frontiers Records, due out in 2013.
According to his pot on Facebook, Sinner announced:
"Now the news - we've started already with the recordings of the yet unnamed Russell Allen/Mat Sinner project. We've chosen eleven great tracks and these guys will record with me and Russ in the studio:
"Roland Grapow (guitars, lead guitar) [Helloween/Masterplan]
Randy Black (drums) [Primal Fear]
Alessandro Del Vecchio (keyboards & vocals) [Eden's Curse/Edge of Forever/Hardline]
Alex Beyrodt (add. lead guitars) [Primal Fear/Silent Force/Sinner].
"[The album will be] [p]roduced by Mat Sinner & mixed by Achim Köhler, with a release on Frontiers Records early 2013. Watch out, this will be a huge album!"
More news on the project as it develops. More...
The ProgPower USA festival is approaching its thirteenth year, but if you were to look at the number of international bands who have made the Atlanta-based festival the site of their US debut, you would find that number even more impressive – a solid eighty-two. That number includes bands such as Nightwish, Blind Guardian, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus, Stratovarius, Riverside, and more. The US is not known for heavy metal festivals – at least not of the level that Europe is known for, with Wacken, Hellfest, and all sorts of other open-airs. In the US, ProgPower is the longest-running and most well-known of the handful of festivals we do have. Moreover, as evidenced by the title, this is a pointedly progressive- and power- metal themed festival, with performances by an average of 14-16 bands over several days.
Last year, I had the privilege of attending the festival and contributed a series of write-ups about each of the days afterwards. The experience was much like a Comic-Con or anime convention, only geared around highly amplified sound aimed at rattling my brain and rocking my soul. It was like another world altogether, given that everyone I interacted with on that three-day stretch could talk for hours on end about the juxtaposition of synthesizer and guitar solos with no reservations. It felt like a family reunion. More...
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user AquariumRandomVideo2, of Symphony X performing live yesterday at the Loud Festival in Bulgaria. Check out the clip below. Symphony X will also be playing a headliner set at ProgPower USA in Atlanta this coming Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Brazilian metal band Shadowside is scheduled to perform at the Metal Open Air festival that takes place in São Luís, Brazil from April 20th to 22nd. The lineup consists of bands such as Anthrax, Blind Guardian, Megadeth, Venom, Symphony X, Andre Matos, Korzus, Torture Squad and many others.
Even though I reside in the “drive through” state of Connecticut, I still find it odd that one of the most anticipated tours of the year would begin in a location that most bands/tours avoid. It has more to do with fans in the state. Real fans of metal usually head over to neighboring New York or Massachusetts for any quality metal and any other fans tend to stay at home on Tuesday rather than get out and witness a major tour that is literally within 20-40 minutes away. It is the sorry state of affairs that most real metal fans in Connecticut deal with. But here, a rare opportunity descended upon us and it was a night that the half-filled hall would not soon forget.
The bands arrived in town early, but for some reason the sound checking process started right about the time that doors should have opened. Iced Earth could easily be heard in a practice run of Dystopia while the crowd gathered and waited. The delay caused doors to open at approximately 6:45pm and by the time half the crowd had be properly frisked, entered and started to check out the merchandise table…Warbringer started its set. More...
After recently touring Europe with Arch Enemy and successfully completing their first-ever headlining U.S. run in the fall of 2011, the thrash road-warriors from Warbringer are ready for yet another North American tour - this time, with co-headliners Iced Earth and Symphony X.
In regards to this upcoming trek, the band comments: "It's a new year and we're looking forward to getting back out there and touring the US and Canada, especially getting back to some of the markets we didn't hit on the headline tour. These will be big shows and a long tour and we're excited to share the stage with ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X, and performing for some of their fans who may have not seen WARBRINGER yet."
Dates are as follows:
1/20 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk **off-date with DEATH ANGEL, BLESSED CURSE**
1/21 - Fresno, CA - Starline **off-date with DEATH ANGEL**
1/28 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall **headlining off-date**
1/30 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom **headlining off-date**
1/31 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
2/1 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
2/2 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar **headlining off-date**
2/3 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
2/4 - Quebec City, QC - Albert Rousseau
2/5 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
2/6 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
2/9 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
2/10 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub
2/11 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
2/12 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
2/15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
2/16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
2/17 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Theater
2/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
2/20 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
2/21 - Anaheim, CA - Grove
2/22 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
2/24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
2/25 - Denver, CO - Summit
2/26 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
2/27 - Dallas, TX - Trees
2/28 - Austin, TX - Emos East
2/29 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
3/2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
3/3 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
3/4 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
3/5 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
3/6 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
3/7 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
3/8 - Frederick, MD - Café 611
3/9 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
3/10 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
3/11 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
3/12 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft **headlining off-date**
3/13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
3/14 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
3/15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
3/16 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
3/17 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes More...
Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about offering a sampler for free download online:
"Nuclear Blast says thank you, for an awesome year to their fans and friends, by offering a free download compilation, exclusively on our Facebook page. Surf to this location and like the page and get the free sampler! Have a merry and rocking Christmas and an ass-kicking 2012!"
The track listing is as follows:
01. Destruction - The Price
02. Hell - Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us
03. Demonaz - All Blackened Sky
04. Scar Symmetry - lluminoid Dream Sequence
05. Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
06. Hammerfall - One More Time
07. Pain - Dirty Woman
08. Rhapsody Of Fire - Aeons Of Raging Darkness (edit)
09. Symphony x - Dehumanized
10. Communic - Destroyer Of Bloodlines
11. Vader - Come And See My Sacrifice
12. Seven - Get It
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Violation (edit)
14. Tasters - Please Destroy This World
15. Cipher sytem - Communicate The Storms
16. Anthrax - Fight'em Till You Can't
17. Biohazard - Vengeance Is Mine
18. Textures - Singularity
19. We Came As Romans - Mis/understanding
20. Threat Signal - Fallen Disciples
21. Texas In July - 1000 Lies
22. Graveworm - See No Future
23. Like Moths To Flames - You Won't Be Missed
24. Gotthard - Remember It's Me
25. Battle Beast - Enter The Metal World
American power metal veterans Iced Earth will be teaming up with progressive metal outfit Symphony X for a thirty plus date tour of North America in January it has been revealed. This will be in support of Iced Earth's brand new album, "Dystopia" and the latest Symphony X record, "Iconoclast," which was released last June. Support on the tour will come from thrash metal group, Warbringer.
"I'm excited to tour with Symphony X," Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer said. "They're phenomenal musicians and very cool guys. This co-headliner tour will be a great experience for the fans. It is also way overdue for us to play a proper tour of North America. Get ready!"
Symphony X guitarist Michael Romeo echoes Schaffer’s enthusiasm.
"We are very excited about the upcoming North American Tour with Iced Earth," Romeo said. "We first met Jon & the guys a few years back and they were really cool. When the idea of a co-headline tour surfaced, we thought it would be awesome. The fans can expect a night of great music from both bands. We look forward to seeing you all real soon!"
For the full list of tour dates, visit the official Iced Earth website.
ProgPower XIII posted the band announcement video for the event in Atlanta, Georgia. The event lineup is:
ProgPower USA XIII
September 12-15, 2012 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia USA
Friday, Sept. 14, 2012:
Sinbreed (Germany) +
Kingcrow (Italy) +
Amaranthe (Sweden) +
Serenity (Austria) +
Epica (The Netherlands & Belgium)
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012:
Above Symmetry (Norway) +
Lanfear (Germany) +
Solution .45 (Sweden & Finland) +
Mystic Prophecy (Germany & Greece) +
Mayan - with special guests (The Netherlands & Belgium) +
Pretty Maids (Denmark)
Symphony X (USA)
(+ USA Debut)
Tickets are now on sale at this location.
Check out the announcement video here:
ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:
Symphony X (Headliner)
On September 13th, Century Media will release the "Metal For The Masses Volume 9" compilation exclusively through Hot Topic. The release consists of three discs and 48 tracks.
"We're very excited to be putting out the 9th installment of the Metal For The Masses series," says Century Media President, Don Robertson. "This low priced Hot Topic exclusive has been a very important sampler of our artists for the last decade and has proven to be a great way to give the metal community a chance to discover new music."
The track listing is as follows:
Disc One (The Century Family)
1 - Winds of Plague - California
2 - Vampires Everywhere! - Carnage At The Castle
3 - Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once
4 - Architects (UK) - Day In Day Out
5 - iwrestledabearonce - Karate Nipples
6 - Demolisher - Two Sided Coin
7 - Arsonists Get All The Girls - Will Someone Please Turn Down the Ocean
8 - Earth Crisis - Total War
9 - Suffer Well - For Today, For Yesterday, For Everyday
10 - The Devastated - The Devil's Messenger
11 - Arch Enemy - Bloodstained Cross
12 - Turisas - The Great Escape
13 - Deicide - How Can You Call Yourself a God?
14 - 7 Horns 7 Eyes - Vindicator
15 - TesseracT - Eden
Disc Two (Nuclear Blast America)
1 - Decapitated - Homo Sum
2 - All Shall Perish - There's Nothing Left
3 - Symphony X - The End Of Innocence
4 - Sepultura - Kairos
5 - Lock Up - Brethren Of The Pentagram
6 - Belphegor - Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Satan
7 - Hell - On Earth As It Is In Hell
8 - Destruction - Hate Is My Fuel
9 - World Under Blood - God Among The Waste
10 - Korpiklaani - Tequila
11 - Agnostic Front - My Life My Way
12 - Graveyard - Ain't Fit To Live Here
13 - While Heaven Wept - Destroyer Of Solace
14 - Before The Dawn - Deathstar
15 - Sylosis - Empyreal
16 - Pain - Dirty Woman
17 - Origin - Expulsion of Fury
18 - Amorphis - You I Need
19 - Scar Symmetry - Extinction Mantra More...
Yuval Kramer, producer and guitarist for Israeli Prog-Metal band AMASEFFER, has announced the approach of a new project, "Reign of the Architect," a new sci-fi saga, featuring some well-known guest musicians and vocalists, as well as introducing fresh, new talents.
Reign of the Architect is an international collaboration started by Mauricio Bustamante, Mexican drummer, and Yuval Kramer himself. It has been in production for the last four years. In 2010, Mauricio joined Yuval in Jerusalem, Israel, to finally begin recording their mutual effort.
The story, which the band has yet to reveal, will unfold over the course of two albums, the first part to be released in early 2012.
Joining Mauricio (drums) and Yuval (guitars), are Israeli vocalists: Yotam Avni (Prey for Nothing), Tom Gefen, Davidavi (Vidi) Dolev, Adva Kramer and Grace Hannah Woolf.
The album will also include guest appearances by some well-known artists, such as: vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yingwie Malemsteen, Journey, etc.), bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), keyboardist Joost Van Der Brooek (Areyon, Star One, etc.), bassist Kyle Honea and more.
"Even though we had the chance to collaborate with some of our favorite musicians out there," Mauricio and Yuval added, "we wanted to introduce fresh and unknown artists, both instrumentalists and vocalists, to the world. Artists we can guarantee will blow your mind!"
At the moment, the band’s debut (title has yet to be revealed) is being mixed. The band is currently in negotiations with a few record labels in hopes to have exciting news in the near future.